Skiing is fun. Moving uphill on your feet while you’re wearing a bulky jacket and carrying ski gear, on the other hand, not so much. That’s why a jacket that can keep you cool on the way up while keeping the chill out on your descent is doubly important. And that’s exactly what Outdoor Research promises with the Skyward Jacket.
Made from an electrospun membrane called AscentShell, the garment provides a waterproof and windproof barrier that’s also air-permeable, ensuring it shields you from the elements while allowing for proper temperature regulation. It’s a proprietary fabric, by the way, so you won’t get the same technical performance anywhere else, making for a jacket that’s quite unique to the brand.
The Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket is designed for active use, so it allows moisture to move out faster way sooner and faster than comparable fabrics. It comes with a movement-mirroring stretch, too, so it won’t restrict your motions in the slightest of ways. The wire-brimmed halo hood is large enough to accommodate helmets, so you can get full protection whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or riding on a sleigh pulled by reindeers, with a high stand-up collar for protecting your neck from chill.
Features include articulated elbows, elastic cuffs, elastic drawcord hem, zippered hand pockets, large chest pockets, and a tricot-lined collar. It comes in three colorways.
Available now, the Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket is priced at $350.